Practicum for Non-Licensure Practice Track   [Archived Catalog]
2011-2012 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook with Addendum

FO 661 - Practicum for Non-Licensure Practice Track

Prerequisite(s): FO 611  , FO 613  , FO 617  , FO 627 . The practicum/internship is a practical, professional experience in an area of forensic mental health. Students have the opportunity to engage in a wide range of professional experiences that can include diagnostic interviewing, case management, applied research, advocacy, administrative support, court liaison, and/or case consultation/preparation. The training experience requires a minimum of 700 hours over a minimum of nine months of on-site supervised training, including at least one hour of individual supervision per week. The first 100 hours of the student’s training experience is considered his/her “practicum” requirement and the subsequent 600 hours his/her “internship.” (FO 661 – 3 credits, FO 662  - 3 credits, FO 663  - 1 credit = total credits 6 to 7)

All students enrolled in FO 661 must attend a two-hour weekly seminar. This course sequence provides a small group consultation forum in which students examine relevant clinical and professional development issues that arise as the result of participation in a practicum/internship. Students present material from their practicum experience to gain mastery in the integration of theory and practice. Presentations consider client/provider relationship, broader systems (e.g., family, school, community, court, political, other treatment professionals/programs), systemic issues (e.g., public policy, needs analysis, staffing), and areas of diversity and difference (e.g., race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, socioeconomic status) as contextual variables. Presentations and discussions are designed to prepare students to successfully complete their Forensic Competency Examination (FCE). (Pass/Fail) (3 credits)